Health commissioner: School closures in Kiryas Joel extended indefinitely

School closures in Kiryas Joel have been extended indefinitely. An Orange County spokesperson confirmed Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman extended schools closures for the following reasons:
  • School testing data was not reported to OCDOH, as well as not reported to the NYS dashboard and is not online for the private schools in Palm Tree (See: https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home)
  • Many of those schools did not close in the first place thus continuing to allow the virus to spread,  we need to continue the closure of all private schools in the “Red Zone”.
  • When inspected/audited, the said schools were out of compliance with the commissioner order for masking and social distancing on schools.
Dr. Gelman says the public school in Palm Tree is not subject to continued closure orders because they closed as required.
Schools and local governments are subject to fines up to $15,000 for non-compliance.